A man allegedly beat up his girlfriend inside a moving car and later dragged her out from the vehicle in front of Modern Stationery in Oleai on Sunday night.
The girlfriend was wearing only her underwear and was covered with a towel when she was forced out from the vehicle, police said.
Diego C. Pinaula Jr., 20, was arrested and taken to Superior Court yesterday on charges of assault and battery, criminal mischief, and disturbing the peace.
Judge pro tem Timothy H. Bellas allowed Pinaula to post $150 cash and $1,350 in unsecured bond for his temporary release.
Police detective Therese S. Kintoki stated in her report that police received a call on Sunday at 6:26pm, from a male person reporting about a domestic violence in progress in front of Modern Stationery along Beach Road.
After two minutes, two police officers arrived at the scene, but they could not find the suspect’s vehicle and learned that the woman walked behind the store.
Moments later, police received a call that Pinaula’s vehicle was parked at a residence behind San Vicente Elementary School.
A man, later identified as Pinaula, approached the police vehicle and when asked, he admitted he was driving the Toyota Hilux pickup truck and that he got into an argument with his girlfriend.
Pinaula stated that he left his girlfriend at Modern Stationery. Later, he got angry and told the officers to leave.
The officers proceeded to the girlfriend’s house near the Northern Marianas College, where they talked to her.
According to the girlfriend, she and Pinaula had just come from San Antonio Beach and were heading to her apartment in Finasisu when they had an argument. She reportedly told the suspect that she was breaking up with him, prompting a physical fight inside the car.
Pinaula then pulled the truck over at Modern Stationery parking lot. He told her to get out, but she refused. Pinaula got down, went to the passenger side and dragged her out of the vehicle. He then threw out her wet clothes from the vehicle.
She told the officers that she went inside a nearby salon where she called her godsister to pick her up.
She stated that she dated the defendant for only five months.